While ocean clean-ups are important to remove plastics from the environment, of much more importance is not putting plastics into the environment in the first place. This is very much a case of prevention being better than cure – reducing materials and energy in plastics production, in unnecessary use of plastics and in thoughtless disposal if plastics waste is unavoidable. The packaging industry likes to view this as a litter issue though.
The Member for Warringah once said a bit of warming would be a good thing. This article ‘Closing eyes to climate change won’t stop warming’ gives many examples of it being not so good.
I understand the furious rantings of Brenda, the Civil Disobedience Penguin. She has the issues nailed, including the extent of Rupert’s influence.
The Twitchathon team, the Common Loudmouths, went north for a seven tick trip. . Philip was with us in spirit and it was his research that enabled our success. It was not, however, as simple as we had hoped. The Kalka-bloody-doon grasswren was the holdout and while we enjoyed the chase, most of the time at least, we would have enjoyed Philip’s presence more.
There’s a lot to like in biomimicry. We’ve had flexible solar cells for millions of years. We call them leaves. With market certainty, we can afford the R and D to manufacture ‘leaves’ of our own.